Would she suit you and your crew?

Yachting Monthly - - USED BOAT TEST - Displ/LWL

De­signer Ed Dubois Builder Westerly Yachts Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion www.westerly-own­ers.co.uk

ra­tio 317 She’s ideal for fam­ily cruis­ing, of­fer­ing a com­fort­able home at sea. Her aft cabin is a real boon for those that like a bright, airy and spa­cious cabin with a roomy bunk, al­though the off­set berth might lead to ar­gu­ments as to who sleeps on which side.

She can be a bit of a hand­ful when ma­noeu­vring in mari­nas, where her high top­sides can re­sult in her be­ing eas­ily blown off course in gusty con­di­tions. She has plenty of power, though, to stem the tide and goes astern rea­son­ably well.

She was avail­able with a bilge keel as an op­tion, this re­duced her draught to 1.19m (3ft 11in) and en­abled her to dry out, ex­plore creeks and use cheaper, dry­ing moor­ings.

The Sea­hawks were well built and have proven them­selves to be very safe, in sta­bil­ity and per­for­mance terms. So, if you’re into steady drama-free sailing rather than charg­ing around the cans, she should be high on your list of mid-range cruis­ing yachts.

The aft fac­ing chart ta­ble is tucked neatly aft of the com­pan­ion­way

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